California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep In Sequoia
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Wheeler Ridge
image of ewe
S417 - Ewe (kml)
S417 - Ewe (pdf)

image of ram
S353 - Ram (kml)
S353 - Ram (pdf)
Monthly movement data
by color
Google Earth™ or pdf format

    Recent Events

  • 02/14/2017 On our annual winter survey we spotted 78 Sierra bighorn, many of which were on the east face of the Wheeler Ridge.
  • 06/01/2016 We have seen 22 new lambs so far this year!
  • 4/03/2015 With a healthy population, 10 ewes were captured and moved to start the Big Arroyo herd.
   
Early winter snows requires migration in deep snow for bighorn
Wheeler Ridge is a population that was intially reestablished in 1982 with 15 ewes. Over the past 35 years the population has grown to over 100 individuals. The Wheeler herd was productive enough to provide source stock for a natural colonization of the Convict Creek herd to the north in about 2009 as well as 11 ewes for translaction to start the Cathedral herd in 2016.

Since the low-elevation winter range is relatively easy to access it is a good place to see bighorn from December to early April. When there is less snow, Pine Creek can be a good viewing area from the paved road, while rougher dirt roads and hiking provide access to the east-side canyons (Wells, Mayfield and Levergate) for years of higher snowfall.
   
A group of ewes at the metamorphic - granitic boundary common in Pine Creek